NDAI: )+(=aO (also known as the Mawson Papers)

The symbols )+(=aO are pronounced ‘Convex and Concave Equals a Sphere’

Reference Code: IE 2135 N20
Title: The ) + ( = a O Papers (also known as the Mawson Papers)
Dates of Creation: 1999-2011
Extent and Medium: 19 items (18 files)

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Name of Creator(s): Mawson-Raffalt, Ursula and Faulder-Mawson, Anthony J.

Administrative History: The artists’ association ) + ( = a O (spoken: Convex and Concave Equals a Sphere) was co-founded by performance artist Ursula Mawson-Raffalt and fine arts artist Anthony J. Faulder-Mawson in 1993.  The collective is known particularly for the avant-garde nature of its work and unique artistic language, combining text, dance, sound, painting, light, and film.  The collective’s performance installations have been shown in Israel, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Romania, Wales, and Ireland and have been the recipients of numerous grants and awards in Ireland and abroad.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Donated by Ursula Mawson-Raffalt to the National Dance Archive of Ireland on 21 June 2011.


Content and Structure 

Scope and Content: Posters, flyers, booklets, and recordings illustrating the work created by ) + ( = a O.

System of Arrangement: Documents have been arranged into two series.  Series 1 contains general background to the dance company arranged chronologically by date.  Series 2 contains material relating to dance works created by the company.  They have been grouped by choreography and listed chronologically by date.


Conditions of Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access: Unrestricted access to all items.

Conditions Governing Reproduction: Standard copyright regulations apply to all items.  For photocopying or reproducing material, please consult with the staff.

Language/ Scripts of Material: English; some reviews in French and German; one brochure (2/6/1) in Danish.


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